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Seoul leans toward allowing group of women to cross DMZ

The DMZ is considered the world's most fortified border, separating the two Koreas still technically at war.

By: Associated Press | Seoul |
April 22, 2015 9:48:32 am
FILE - Organizers of the effort called WomenCrossDMZ.org, including lead coordinator Christine Ahn, left, and honorary co-chair Gloria Steinem, right, hold a United Nations news conference announcing plans for a rare and risky women's walk across the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea to call for reunification, in this March 11, 2015 file photo. Ahn said in an email Friday April 3, 2015 they have Pyongyang's cooperation and support.". (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File) FILE – Organizers of the effort called WomenCrossDMZ.org, including lead coordinator Christine Ahn, left, and honorary co-chair Gloria Steinem, right, hold a United Nations news conference announcing plans for a rare and risky women’s walk across the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea to call for reunification, in this March 11, 2015 file photo. Ahn said in an email Friday April 3, 2015 they have Pyongyang’s cooperation and support.”. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

South Korea says it’s positively considering supporting a proposed walk across the demilitarized zone between the two Koreas by prominent women including Gloria Steinem in what is planned as a call for the reunification of the two countries.

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A spokesman from Seoul’s government said it plans to approve the May 24 walk if it confirms North Korea’s official support for the event. Organizers of the effort called WomenCrossDMZ.org have earlier said they have received permission from Pyongyang.

The women also need the approval of the United Nations Command at the DMZ. A spokesman from the U.N. Command said it usually approves civilian crossings when they are supported by both Koreas.

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The DMZ is considered the world’s most fortified border, separating the two Koreas still technically at war.

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First published on: 22-04-2015 at 09:48:32 am
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